London live act Niteshifters get remixed by Dr Packer and Simon Tellier
If you're a fan of disco this release from London’s live disco act Niteshifters is for you, as it's one seriously funky package. It also features two remixes, with one already used by BBC TV for their Wimbledon coverage.
The authenticity of Niteshifters' disco sound has to be heard to be believed, and on this release you get the Original Mix and Instrumental of We Can Fly, which could easily have been made in the late 1970s. Both are fine disco workouts. Then we have the more house-orientated remixes. First up is the Dr Packer Remix, which starts with a bongo and drum loop then brings in the funk bassline, brass stabs and electric piano. These are followed by strings and lead guitar, then the all-important vocals by Khadija Jajue, with backing vocals by Elliott May (Basement Jaxx) and Faye Streek. This mix is a classic disco house workout by anyone's standards; for the vocal-phobic there's a full instrumental version as well.
Then it's French funkster Simon Tellier’s turn to deliver two versions, one with and one without vocals (it's this version that the BBC used). The vocal mix is up first and starts with a cut-up vocal loop and clap, which are added to by a muted kick as the vocals develop. A filthy synth riff is added, then a second arpeggiated riff, and off it flies. It's more stripped back than the other mixes but still sounds great, as does the instrumental. Chuck in a few self-explanatory Radio Edits and there we have it.
If you have a penchant for disco or disco house, you need to check this one out - it's the real deal, with my favourite being the Dr Packer vocal remix.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 3 August
Review Score: 8